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Until December 22, Laurence Miller Gallery is presenting “HELEN LEVITT: FIVE DECADES,” featuring vintage prints gifted by Levitt to James Agee and his family between 1940 and ca. 2000. These include several of Levitt’s most famous New York images, pictures from Mexico City, and never before exhibited portraits of James Agee. Helen first met James Agee at Walker Evans’ apartment in New York City in 1938, and the two formed a deep friendship. Helen later traveled to Mexico City with Agee’s then wife, Alma, and her son. Several of her Mexican images were later reproduced in “HELEN LEVITT: MEXICO CITY,” published in 1997. James Agee was an early collaborator with Levitt, and in 1946 he authored an essay on her photographs that served as the introduction to her book A WAY OF SEEING. He wrote “At least a dozen of Helen Levitt’s photographs seem to me as beautiful, perceptive, satisfying, and enduring as any lyrical work I know.” Agee also provided individual comments on many of the images in the book, which will be displayed with the corresponding images in the show.